One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small gregarious toothed whale that typically has a beaklike snout and a curved fin on the back. Dolphins have become well known for their sociable nature and high intelligence.
Families Delphinidae (marine) and Platanistidae (the river dolphins): several genera and many species
- ‘Some Atlantic humpback dolphin populations are known only by a single specimen.’
- ‘I think of trawlers catching dolphins in their nets.’
- ‘We passed numerous sting rays gliding along, then a large school of spinner dolphins leaping across our bow.’
- ‘Wild dolphins off the west coast of Australia were the first marine mammals in which cultural learning was observed.’
- ‘The former group also gave rise to various endemic lines of river dolphins.’
- ‘They go to watch sperm whales spout and dive or to swim with pods of dusky dolphins.’
- ‘A group of children saw dolphins swimming by.’
- ‘When curious dolphins swim around the boat, the team launches an inflatable boat.’
- ‘In Australia it is illegal to feed wild dolphins or for a swimmer to approach within thirty metres of them.’
- ‘A dolphin leapt from the water, the drops of water sparkling and glittering.’
- ‘She has also studied baboons in Kenya and dolphins off the coast of western Australia.’
- ‘The purpose of the ban as stated in the accompanying documentation is to minimise dolphin mortality.’
- ‘Common dolphins are sociable animals and entire shoals - averaging five individuals - frequently die together.’
- ‘The villagers say the dolphin population has halved in the past few years.’
- ‘No captures of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have occurred in the US since 1989.’
- ‘Spotted and spinner dolphins inhabit tropical seas around the world along with yellowfin tuna.’
- ‘I saw a gray dolphin swimming alone, like a man in a serious suit.’
- ‘And captive bottlenose dolphins have shown themselves to be skilled at replicating computer-generated sounds.’
- ‘In the State of Victoria it is illegal to feed wild dolphins.’
- ‘She pointed to the ocean and he looked and they saw dolphins jumping by the side of the ship.’
2A bollard, pile, or buoy for mooring boats.
3A structure for protecting the pier of a bridge.
4another term for mahimahi
Late Middle English: from Old French dauphin, from Provençal dalfin, from Latin delphinus, from Greek delphin.
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